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Leah Nash July 24, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Tom Hazel, Longview, Washington, 2009

Leah Nash (b. 1975, USA) is a Portland-based photographer with a passion for documenting the normal and the extreme, which she often finds are one and the same.  She holds a Master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia where she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to photograph AIDS in India in 2004.  She was awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography and the NPPA Kit C. King Scholarship in 2003 and has been honored by PDN, the Magenta Foundation, the Eddie Adam’s Workshop and by CPOYi.  Her clients include Mother Jones, GEO Magazine, The Fader, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Stern, and The Washington Post.

About the Photograph:

“I shot Tom Hazel while on assignment for Mother Jones Magazine for a piece about people who had been screwed out of their retirements.  Tom had worked for an aluminum plant almost 30 years before the company closed and took with it his promised pension and medical benefits.  When I met him his wife had just recently passed away and he was raising his grandson by himself. Despite all this, Tom was an utter joy and we ended up having a great day together.  He gave me total access, regaling me with stories about his wife and where she had found the items that decorated the wall above his head.  He was also a total natural in front on the camera, not a hint of self-consciousness.  Afterwards I received this email from him… ‘I had a good time during the photo session. The picture you have of me on your web site is great. It really says a lot about me. Thank you for making our day together a time to remember.’ It was one of the best compliments I have ever received.”


1. Anita Staff - August 24, 2009

I especially like the vibrancy of this shot – and the fact that it tells so much about the person.

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